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Maintenance Planner

Location: Becker, MN, United States
Business Unit: Liberty Paper
Remote Type: No Remote

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The Maintenance Planner contributes to improving workforce productivity, work quality, and machine reliability by anticipating and eliminating delays through planning and coordination of manpower, parts, material and equipment.   The Maintenance Planner understands and aligns business operation and maintenance to ensure they meet or exceed expectations of outage planning and work order execution.


  • Plans and schedules the execution of maintenance work orders and scheduled maintenance shutdowns including parts and materials requirements, mill manpower, contractor services, time estimates, and chronology of events.
  • Develops, communicates and implements Work Packages that ensures compliance with LPI program, standardized procedures and systems, resulting in effective maintenance planning.
  • Procures maintenance materials and equipment and manages shipment and delivery of equipment sent to vendors for rebuilds and repairs. Facilitates the new equipment asset approval process by creating and approving New Equipment Requests and forwarding to accounting.
  • Manages and monitors maintenance costs including contract labor, parts, roll maintenance building service, etc.  Communicates to management when costs may exceed budget and provides justification when they do exceed budget.
  • Oversees the Roll Management program by recommending and collaborating roll cover and maintenance and maintaining records, both hard copy and in the Roll Tracking database.
  • Serves as an active participant on a maintenance and production team Home Station Group(s) responsible for maximizing equipment production and availability.
  • Schedules and leads maintenance shutdown planning meetings to meet the mill’s objectives.
  • As business/maintenance needs require, reports to the mill during unscheduled work hours to assist in the resolution of maintenance and production problems. Assists on outage days.
  • Actively works to drive Operational Excellence in maintenance planning activities.
  • Assists stores in setting up and documenting parts or changes in existing inventory.
  • Provides technical support to maintenance department on critical equipment planning
  • Assists in developing equipment strategies including spare part stocking, PM optimization and PdM
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma required
  • 5+ years of experience industrial maintenance required or maintenance planning experience


  • Technical degree (i.e. industrial maintenance, electronics and instrumentation) or significant related on-the-job experience as a maintenance planner 
  • Ability to communicate with technical specialists and to interpret technical/blueprint drawings and specification documents.
  • Strong organization and communication skills with the proven ability to motivate and lead a team.
  • High degree of self-motivation - Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Great follow-up skills and the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
  • Strong decision-making ability, including the ability to anticipate problems, develop contingency plans and act quickly to resolve issues.
  • Strong time management and planning skills required to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously while adapting to changes in business requirements in a fast-paced environment.
  • Very good communication skills – ability to handle difficult conversations with employees
  • Relationship Builder – ability to work with all levels within the organization; professionally represents self and LPI to external contacts.
  • Very strong attention to detail/commitment to accuracy
  • Excellent problem-solving, planning and organization skills
  • Proficient computer skills, including the use of Microsoft Office Software, Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Project preferred
  • Customer oriented, adaptable, open and responsive to change.
  • High level of initiative and motivation.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regular sitting, standing, and walking throughout the day to accomplish tasks
  • Manual and finger dexterity used regularly with some repetitive finger motions
  • Ability to work in front of a computer screen for long periods of time
  • Specific vision abilities include close and distance vision; able to identify colors, small letters, and numbers; hand/eye coordination, depth perception and able to adjust focus
  • Hearing and speaking
  • Other conditions may include frequent reaching, stretching, pushing, pulling, pinching, grasping, and gripping.

about our company:

Located in Becker, MN - Liberty Paper Inc. is a high-technology driven paper mill that recycles old, corrugated containers (OCC) into kraft liner board for new corrugated packaging. We are a 100% recycled paper mill, as committed to the environment and product innovation as we are to our amazing team.  We are part of the Liberty Diversified International family of companies.


Comprised of multiple companies with headquarters in New Hope, Minnesota, Liberty Diversified International (LDI) is a privately held company employing more than 1,900 individuals across our manufacturing facilities, production facilities and core business operations in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, California, and Mexico. With deep roots in the corrugated box manufacturing industry, we operate in the core markets of paper, packaging, workplace products, corrugated plastics and building products.

Since 1918, our values – Caring, Innovation, Trust and Excellence – have guided our day-to-day activities. We believe that when our employees are aligned with these values, we create superior solutions and service for our customers. The LDI family of companies includes Liberty Packaging, Liberty Paper, Liberty Plastics (Custom Solutions and Quarrix Building Products) and Safco.



Liberty Diversified International is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.